The Birds of Dandeli & Ganeshgudi – Team-BHP

The Outdated Journal Home(OMH) in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka is a chicken lovers’ paradise and has been on my to do record for a very long time. Dandeli is known for white water rafting, Hornbills and the elusive black panther. Determined to take a while off and head to OMH for some birding and likewise spend an evening alongside the banks of Kali river, hoping to get a glimpse of the black panther.

4 am begin from Bangalore and I used to be in a position to make good time on a weekday and reached JLR Kali Journey Camp, Dandeli at 11 am. Located on the banks of river Kali, this camp is also a hotspot for lots of feathered beauties and we spent a while put up lunch strolling round, listening to chicken calls and making an attempt to identify a couple of. Afternoon, we headed into Kali Tiger Reserve(KTR) with the hope of getting a glimpse of the black panther in addition to the Nice Hornbill.

The forests of KTR are very completely different from these of Nagarhole, Bandipur and Kabini that I’ve visited. I’ve by no means been in a forest that’s so silent. Ranks of teak timber march alongside mud trails that we drive on and the terrain in quiet steep with barely any open areas or grasslands. Most wild creatures that survive right here need to battle each terrain in addition to climate to remain alive, which makes them that a lot tougher to identify. The forest was very silent, as in comparison with the opposite forests that I’ve been to and it was a really completely different expertise to journey by KTR. Within the afternoon safari, we managed to identify a couple of Malabar Pied Hornbills and large male sambar deer. The subsequent day morning safari was an analogous expertise, we didn’t see single mammal however we did spot the majestic Nice Hornbill in flight. A couple of pics of the birds that we noticed in KTR.

Malabar Pied Hornbills

Crested Serpent Eagle
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Wolly Neck Stork
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Reflections – Someplace within the forest of KTR
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We headed to OMH Ganeshgudi, which is a 30 min drive from JRL Kali and settled into the room that we had booked. OMH is a small property positioned within the fringe of the forest that surrounds this complete area. The constructing is a British period construction that was constructed to deal with explosives that had been wanted whereas constructing Supa dam over Kali river. Presently run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), OMH is a birders paradise because it attracts a variety of migratory birds in addition to the gorgeous however elusive chicken referred to as the Malabar Trogon. As quickly as you drive into OMH, you’re assaulted by the cacophony of chicken calls that echoes by all the house. Dense timber present shade, meals and shelter for these birds and I used to be amazed at each the density and number of chicken calls that I in a position to hear. The subsequent couple of days had been spent strolling round OMH, listening to chicken calls, craning my head to identify a chicken, ready patiently close to the chicken baths to get a shot of those stunning creatures.

Lots of people have spent a few years with out getting a glimpse of the Malabar Trogon, together with BHPian Vik027 who I ran into at OMH. They’ve pushed many a mile and spent a variety of time patiently ready for this stunning chicken to point out up. As quickly as I test into the room, the Trogon decides to pay us a go to and spends 30 quiet minutes within the shade of the tree, ready and watching. What a begin!

Malabar Trogon – Discovered primarily in Western India across the western ghats in evergreen and deciduous forests. Thattakad Chook Sanctuary in Kerala is the opposite hotspot the place you will discover the Trogon. Whereas the male has a black head and pinkish purple physique, the feminine could be very completely different and has a boring brown head and yellowish breast.*
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Submit lunch, I setup camp close to the chicken baths and look ahead to the present to start. A Brown Shrike, which is primarily insectivorous chicken however it does are inclined to assault different smaller birds to forestall them from consuming into his share of bugs, retains watch close to the chicken baths and the opposite smaller birds keep away. After 40 minutes the Shrike flies away and a plethora of birds descend. It will be onerous to explain the colours, shapes, dimension, magnificence of those creatures and the expertise of watching them in such shut quarters. Will let the images do the speaking.

Flame Throated Bulbul
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Bronze Drongo
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Yellow Browed Bulbul
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Brown Shirke
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Black Naped Monarch
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Indian White Eye
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Emerald Dove – Male & Feminine
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Orange Rock Thrush
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Brown Cheeked Fulvetta
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Himalayan Black Lored Tit
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Puff Throated Babbler
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Darkish Fronted Babbler – Stick em up!
Jogs my memory of beagle boys from Duck Tales
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Black Throated Munia
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Violet Nuthatch
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Coronary heart Noticed Woodpecker
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Blue Caped Rock Thrush & Violet Nuthatch
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White Rumped Shama
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Final edited by procrj : 1st March 2021 at 22:44.

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